HOOPER, Neb. — The steeple of a 116-year-old rural church, rebuilt after being blown away by a windstorm two years ago, will be dedicated June 10.

The ceremony at St. Paul Lutheran Church, north of Hooper, will be held after the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

The church’s tall steeple was torn off and blown into the church parking lot by a July 5, 2016, windstorm. The church bells were recovered from the wreckage and repolished, revealing the original German inscriptions.

More than $150,000 was spent, using donations and insurance proceeds, to rebuild the steeple and restore the bells, according to the church’s pastor, the Rev. Judy Johnson.

After the dedication, a complimentary catered lunch will be offered at the Hooper Auditorium.

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